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  1. Hi all, I'm eagerly awaiting an opportunity hopefully this weekend to try out the DARV method. Once aligned do I need to perform a 2/3 star alignment? I don't fancy doing all that work then messing it up shortly after? Thanks again. Ryan
  2. Beer and cider festival eh, sounds fun Steve. Yeah I think I'm going to go down the Zenithstar/guiding route when I feel ready and my wallet allows me to. Cheers pal. Melsmore, that's brilliant and thanks for the helpful information. I have just checked page 122 and you are spot on. I just tested it and it works a treat. I didn't realise I had changed the self timer settings. I need bit of a refresher course before my next outing I think. I tend to give the camera 4 seconds to write the image even though 2 seconds is plenty on a 2min exposure, I like to think I am going easy on the camera haha. Thanks again both, I would be capturing half the data otherwise. Kind Regards Ryan
  3. No I've always enabled mirror lock. If it doesn't effect long exposures I will definitely turn it off. Thanks for that. Regards Ryan
  4. Thanks Dave. I have auto noisereduction disabled. Using the intervalometer, when it starts an exposure the mirror locks up and stays like it for 2mins, then When the intervalometer starts a new exposure thats when the sensor opens. So it's taking me 4 minutes to complete a 2 min exposure. (2min mirror lockup then 2 min sensor open). Cheers Ryan
  5. Me again Steve, can i ask. With the 600D, enabling mirror lock means I have to leave the mirror up for the same amount of time as the exposure, before taking the image. This means it's taking me twice as long to complete am imaging session. Is tgere any way around this? Cheers Ryan
  6. Hi Steve, amazing images I must say especially the one taken from Cornwall. If only you had dark skies permanently. I'm quite fortunate, I live not to far from the Brecon Beacons, so a 45 minute drive places me under some of the best skies within the U.K. I'm totally new to astroimaging and processing so am finding my way slowly but surely. I plan on using what I have until I feel ready to add to my set up. Regarding guiding, is there a particular lightweight setup people common use on the Star Adventurer? I have a 200p dob and have always planned on starting my astrophotgraphy journey. I suppose it's natural to progress onto bigger (more expensive set ups ), probably when my family have grown, I have retired and my mortgage is paid off haha. Anyway here is my 1st attempt using the Star Adventurer. I used a Canon 600F (unmoded) 18-135mm lens @ 18mm, iso800, 18x120sec lights, x10 darks, no flats or bias. Stacked in DSS, processed in PS. I was told there is a method to help make the dust lanes pop but haven't tried yet. Here is the jpeg. Cheers Ryan
  7. Right ok, I understand the method now. I must remember to ignore Polaris haha. Again thank you both, without yiur help I'm sure my setup woukd be finding its way on ebay. I have a star adventurer also so I thibk because that relies on a Polar scope and true north, I thought that was the only possible way to aligning this set up. Thanks both, I will let you know how I get on if the chance comes All the best. Ryan
  8. Ok so if i perform the DARV method after levelling and balancing it should be accurately aligned when I point the telescope back up at Polaris is it? DARV says to Set Dec of scope to 0 degrees due south for altitude axis, and again 0 degrees pointing at eastern or western for the azimuth axis. Am I setting the dec on the wedge or the dial near the top of the fork? Please excuse this last question, when it says point scope due south at 0 degrees dec, is that simply pointing south? Thanks again guys Ryan
  9. Ok thanks again Dave, helping me out tonight aren't you👍🏼 Do you use a Star Adventurer? Cheers Ryan
  10. Hi Steve, that's a neat idea. I think Skywatcher come up short in this atea. Never still, it's an amazing bit of kit that I can't wait to use this (Hopefully more often than not) My 1st outing was a successful 1, I gathered 2min exposures if the Cygnus area which was amazing after processing. Using a canon 600D and a 18mm -135 lens @18mm. Can I ask What you are using to image? I'm going to zoom in at 135mm next time and see what kind of exposure I can achieve. Further down the line I will be attaching a Zenithstar 61mm, can't wait. Cheers, Ryan
  11. Wow it's amazing what can be learnt from you guys here fairplay👍🏼 Ok I will ignore true north and go for the Michaels suggestion of offsetting Polaris to the hour angle then use the DARV method as me tiones by Davey-T and Freddie. Would you guys be kind enough to check my steps and correct me if I have anything incorrect. Set tripod and wedge in home position Level mount and arms Attach scope equipment camera etc. Set latitude Balance scope on both axis to set scope at 90 degrees so it's inline with fork arms. Using the raci finder place Polaris on the hour mark using polar finder app Locate Polaris using widefield ep and adjust using lat adjuster then spin ra to ensure Polaris completes an accurate rotstion around the ep Perform DARV drift alignment using DSLR with atleast a 2 min exposure and adjust until the trail overlaps one another Make sure the handset is setto.pilar mode before I begin. Do you guys think I would benefit from using an illuminated 9mm crosshair eye piece in any way? I have ordered a 0.63 focal reducer for later on. If i still cant achieve accurate tracking i will get stuck into the platesolve2 programme. Thanks again all👍🏼 Ryan Set latitude and point scope at 90degrees so inli
  12. Hi guys, I'm looking into the Zenithstar 61 and am wondering how I am going to manouvere the scope when it's mounted to the L with the supplied foot? Thanks Ryan
  13. Fantastic thank you Freddie. It seems straight forward. So once I have done this, is it still worth aiming to true north via a polar finder so I can take images? Thanks Ryan
  14. Will have a look now, cheers pal.
  15. Hi all, I am desperately trying to figure out how to polar align to true north, using a fork mount on an EQ wedge. I'm debating whether to purchase an explore scientific polar/finder scope from FLO. I'm thinking the finder needs to be mounted to the wedge and not the scope for accurate pa? If anybody has any experience/knowledge with this or a similar set up, I would be forever thankful. Thanks Ryan